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Research Chair in Population Health and Innovation in Mental Health

Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Deadline: September 30, 2019  11:59:00 pm





May 1, 2019


Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores) and the University of Toronto invite applications for the joint position of Research Chair In Population Health And Innovation In Mental Health.

The objective of the Research Chair In Population Health And Innovation In Mental Health is to advance a program of applied research in mental health with focus on innovation in data science and population health that will inform mental health promotion and prevention, optimal service delivery models, and lead to impact at the patient, hospital and system levels. The position of the chair includes funding for the role including research/graduate student support.



Candidates for the position will hold an PhD or an MD and post-graduate research training, with a proven track record of research achievement relevant to Mental Health and experience leading multi-site and practice-based research collaborations. Experience in the use of administrative health data and/or electronic medical record data are assets. The successful candidate will be a scientist with a strong history of successful research in data science, population health and innovation. They will possess internationally recognized academic credentials and have a strong record of peer-reviewed grant funding and of international recognition within their research area.




The founding chair must hold from an accredited institution an earned doctorate in a population health-related field (public health, epidemiology, biostatistics, health behaviour, etc.) or an MD with postgraduate research training and should possess:

  • Demonstrated strategic thinking and leadership qualities to build a preeminent research program in the area of Population Health and Innovation;
  • Proven, transformative leadership with the ability to articulate a clear, compelling vision and to engage all constituencies in support of that vision;
  • A strong record of ongoing, consistent research funding from extramural sources and scholarship in the field, with the ability to cultivate the hospital and university’s research agendas;
  • A record of applied research and demonstrated impact in a hospital or health system;
  • Accomplishments that warrant national and international recognition;
  • A record of collaboration and the ability to foster a culture of collaboration within the hospital, university and other stakeholder settings;
  • The founding chair will pursue co-design strategies to inform research initiatives;
  • Proven ability to mentor and develop faculty, staff and students;
  • A high level of personal and professional integrity.


Ontario Shores is working to advance its population health and applied advanced analytics program through its 5-year roadmap. Our vision is to advance the health of the Whitby and Central East Ontario population and beyond, by using data and insight to provide evidence-based care to meet individual needs in collaboration with our system partners. Aligned to our strategic vision of being bold and extraordinary, we aim to reduce health inequities, improve patient health outcomes and support integrated care delivery beyond our walls. The Chair will play a central role in moving this roadmap forward through establishing new research partnerships, mechanisms for data linkages, technology applications for health surveillance and the development of new models of care that incorporate innovative approaches using advanced analytics.

The research will be undertaken at a level that can achieve international recognition for excellence and will be expected to make advances in delivering innovative treatments, using analytics to predict, intervene and prevent undesirable clinical outcomes, or use patient-generated or large linked data sets to inform targeted population health interventions. This position will leverage on the key technology investments and successes of Ontario Shores (HIMSS Stage 7, patient engagement apps, high utilization of telepsychiatry, data-driven organization and shared EMR with other organizations) to create an applied research program that has direct benefits for Ontario Shores’ patients and the general mental health population. The Chair will serve as an ambassador for Ontario Shores in the development of collaborative research partnerships with national and international partners.



  • Develop an innovative and highly competitive independent research program that leverages external research grant funding in alignment with Ontario Shores Strategic Plan.
  • Plan and conduct research leading to innovation in the delivery of mental health care in a community academic hospital setting with the goal of improving access to care and enhancing quality of care and outcomes at the individual and system level.
  • Obtains sufficient and sustained extramural funding to support students and research staff.  
  • Reports findings in peer-reviewed scientific literature and shares evidence to support innovation with health care policy makers, planners and the general public.
  • Recruits and mentors graduate students and other trainees and research staff.
  • Promotes collaborations with various stakeholders to leverage the strengths of Ontario Shores with an extensive external network.
  • Engages staff to achieve tangible impact at Ontario Shores, build capacity, and strengthen the culture of research and innovation.
  • Participates in committees, advisory groups, and other activities that further the objectives of Ontario Shores.
  • Contribute to the faculty of the University of Toronto through teaching and mentorship of students in order to build an academic presence and meet academic requirements.


About Ontario Shores

Ontario Shores is a publicly funded mental health facility located in a beautiful setting in the Greater Toronto Area, Canada that provides a spectrum of specialized tertiary assessment and treatment services to individuals living with complex and serious mental illness.

The hospital serves a large urban and rural geographic region with a population of approximately 2.8 M people characterized by rapid growth and ethnic diversity. Its mission is to provide exemplary mental health care to its community, and to provide leadership through research, education and advocacy:

  • Ontario Shores’ vision for patient care is built on promoting recovery of well-being, nurturing hope, and on inspiration through discovery. Its model of care is based on a holistic patient-centred approach combining medical, rehabilitation and psychological perspectives to the treatment of mental illness.
  • Research is central to the organization’s vision for its future. There is a strong commitment to its growth and a culture of partnership with other academic health science organizations.
  • Ontario Shores recognizes that knowledge translation of research to the clinical domain is critical to the evolution of mental health care. It is affiliated with various Academic Institutions such as, University of Toronto and Queen’s University, and provides a growing number of educational opportunities for undergraduate and postgraduate students in medicine, psychology, nursing, social work and occupational therapy.
  • Ontario Shores has been revalidated as one of the HIMSS Analytics Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM) Stage 7 hospitals. This prestigious achievement reflects Ontario Shores’ continued commitment to ensuring the highest quality of care is met using electronic medical records (EMR). Found within a Stage 7 organization are an abundance of data, automated processes, easier access to information and clinical decision supports within the EMR.
  • The hospital provides leadership to healthcare providers, community partners, policy makers, and social sectors to strengthen the provincial mental health system. Ontario Shores has been designated as the mental health lead for the Central East Local Health Integration Network, a region which includes approximately 1.5 million people.  Ontario Shores embraces opportunities to raise awareness of mental illness and to ensure that individuals with mental illness have access to care and the opportunity to fully participate in society.

The facility includes 346 inpatient beds, a multitude of outpatient and community-based services and over 1,200 staff; its clinical programs cover the spectrum of adolescent, adult, geriatric and forensic mental health.



The Chair will report to both the Vice-President, Practice and Academics, and Chief Nurse Executive, Ontario Shores and to the Dean, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto.

The term of the position is 5 years and may be renewed once subject to satisfactory completion of a 5-year external academic review.

Applications and inquiries should be directed to Madison Anderson via Monster on our website at: Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae and statement outlining current and future research interests. The application may also be mailed to the attention of Madison Anderson. Review of applications will continue until September 30th, 2019. Applicants who are potentially interested and would like further information can contact Madison Anderson at

Ontario Shores is committed to diversity and inclusivity in employment and encourage applications from all qualified individuals of diverse backgrounds.  Ontario Shores is also committed to providing accommodations for people with disabilities as part of our hiring process.  If you have special requirements, please advise us during the recruitment process.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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